I know first hand how much Abilene loves supporting the men and women of our armed forces. We are so appreciative and proud to have Dyess air force base here in Abilene. It is so incredible to see the work they do in our community, let alone the work they do fighting for our freedoms overseas. Thank you, thank you for all you do!
This is Josh. His daddy has served our country in 7 tours the past 20 years. Like all the men and women in our armed forces, we think he is very brave. Thank you to all of them and to Josh’s daddy. Happy Veteran’s Day.
Abilene was featured heavily for our Halloween activities! Which ones did you attend?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://www.ajc.com/news/travel/attractions-ask-guests-to-take-part-in-scares/nbHZL/
Sioux Falls Business Leader (SD): http://siouxfallsbusinessjournal.argusleader.com/article/20131006/LIFE/310060005/
The Ventura County Star (CA): http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/12/twisted-in-a-ghoul-way/
San Angelo Standard Times (TX): http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2013/oct/03/halloween-attractions-asking-guests-to-take-part
Usher in November with one of my favorite annual events: The 24FPS International Short Film Festival. This unique short film festival is now in it’s 14th year and is a juried competition for student and independent filmmakers worldwide. Enjoy two evenings of short films of 20 minutes or less. Past 24fps winners have gone on to receive student Academy Awards and exhibit in the infamous Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. Call 325-676-9620 to learn more.
Too old for door to door trick or treating on the 31st? Get your treat at the Paramount Theatre as they present their Film Series Halloween Classic: Alien. This super creepy Ridley Scott sci-fi classic is about a spaceship crew who are forced to deal with a not-so-friendly alien aboard the ship. It’s sure to give you just enough fright Halloween night. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and military. Call 325-676-9620 for tickets.
Conspiracy theorists beware: I had no pictures of aliens but I did find a pretty spooky picture of the Paramount marquee…do with it what you will!
I love how the Abilene Public Library always offers a variety of kiddo-friendly activities throughout the week. This Tuesday night is no different. From 6:30 to 7:30 pm join the staff in the main library auditorium to decorate sugar skulls for a sweet (pun intended) Halloween craft. The cost? Free! Call 325-677-2474 with questions.
When you’ve finished your activity and you’re still downtown, why not head to another family friendly event? The Abilene Community Band will perform their Fall Concert at the Paramount from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Enjoy local talent at its finest with this live musical event for music lovers of all kinds. The cost is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Joe Stephens Abilene Community Endowment Fund. Call 325-672-6383 to learn more.
The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the most famous choirs in the entire world, will perform Tuesday night in the Abilene Civic Center. The Vienna Boys Choir began in 1498 (yes you read that right) and is currently under the direction of Gerald Wirth. Right now the 100 member choir is broken up into 4 touring choirs and you have the opportunity to hear them in our own backyard. What an honor to have this legendary group here! Ticket prices vary. Need more info? Call 325-673-7464.
Attend this year’s Business Mercado on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm at the Abilene Civic Center. The cost to attend is free and you will have the opportunity to get information, samples and products from local businesses. I’ve attended this festive event the past three years and always have such a great time listening to music, interacting with businesses and community leaders. If you have any questions call 325-677-7241.
The Paramount Film Series is back this Friday and Saturday with the classic psychological thriller by Alfred Hitchcock, “Rebecca.” The 1940’s drama stars Joan Fontaine as the new second wife to grieving widower played by Laurence Olivier. Fontaine’s character soon discovers her new husband’s first wife and her memory still eerily governs their mansion. Show times are 7:30 Friday and Saturday night and 2 pm Saturday afternoon. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students, military and children. Call 325-676-9620 to learn more.
Beautify your landscape this fall with the Big Country Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale this Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm at the Taylor County Expo Center. In addition to shopping for native, well adapted or hard to find annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs enjoy free educational seminars, workshops and fun children’s activities. The cost is free. Call 325-672-6048 for more information.
The Center for Contemporary Arts will take over our beloved downtown this Thursday night from 5:00 to 8:30 with their Zombie inspired Artwalk. This month’s Artwalk is chock full of fun activities beginning with a Zombie Crawl starting at 5:45 in the Abilene Reporter New parking lot. At 6:00 pm all your hard work could pay off with the Zombie costume and make-up recognition, flowed by the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show performing “Time Warp” in front of the Center. So come get your zombie on and get ready for a spooky fun time with all of your favorite museums, shops, attractions and restaurants staying open late. Remember, the Center has a themed Artwalk every second Tuesday of the month and as always the cost is free.
I have no zombie pictures to post, but here is a picture of a very sweet little monster:
Tonight at 8:00 pm head over the Abilene Christian University to hear the very best in soprano saxophone with a recital by Matthew Sintchak. Sinchak is the saxophone professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds a Doctorate and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music. He has been schooled by legendary performers such as Claude Delangle, Kenneth Radnofsky and more. The cost is free to hear this acclaimed performer in the Williams Performing Arts Center. Call 325-674-2199 for more information.
Grab man’s best friend and head over to the Nelson Park Festival Garden for the City of Abilene Recreation and Animal Services sponsored event,”Mingle with your Mutt,” this Saturday from 630 to 11 pm. ACCO Feeds will provide a free snack and your dog can get microchipped. Both of you can enjoy watching the movie ‘Bolt’. the cost is free, with microchipping running$10. Call Anita Vigil at 325-734-5301to learn more.
Head in down to the Taylor County Expo Center for the Ward Brothers Senior Team Roping Association Finals this Friday thru Sunday. Calf roping started from the duties of actual working cowboys who needed to catch a calf and tie its legs for branding. Watch as members of this association compete to see who can rope the calves with the greatest speed. Doors Open at 11 a.m and Roping Begins at noon.